Are you ready for the fastest, most uneventful race report in the history of Runs With Pugs? Here it is.
I registered for this race with my friend K, who wants to get back into running. It’s close to home and a low-key event, so I thought it would be perfect.
Race Morning + Packet Pickup
I picked up K and we drove to Beachwalk, where the race would take place. This is the third venue for Gingerbread Man, a race that started as a 5K/10K/Fun Run. We found parking and picked up our packets before most of the start was set up. Everyone got a bib and a white race shirt.
And then we loaded back in the car. Technically, it was warmer than the day before, but with the wind and slight drizzle, it was miserable.
The Start Line
Finally, we had to go. First stop, restrooms inside the Beachwalk amenity center. It was nice to have real bathrooms. And then we walked to the start line. This race was small. In fact, it was so small, I had to check the roster: 125 people signed up. Wow. I was sad because this was always a well-done race put on by a local company. However, the holidays are busy so maybe that had something to do with it.
K hasn’t been running, so we just decided to take some intervals and see how it went.
Run Run As Fast As You Can!
From the get-go, I was off. It was too cold to strip out of my sweatshirt, which was just uncomfortable for running. I was bummed because I had the cutest holiday tank top underneath, but it was never going to see the light of that morning.
Interestingly, my holiday light headband did not budge or bother me at all, the entire run. Go figure.
Other than that, K and I were fine. We ran and we chatted. It was great catching up.
The route was straightforward, through the Beachwalk community. It pretty much makes a box, with a long strip on the sidewalk of SR210. Not the most scenic, but it was fine.
There was a water stop, but we passed it up. It was too cold.
The Finish Line and Final Thoughts
And then it was over. Did I make 4th place in my AG? I did.
Every runner gets a medal and a gingerbread cookie. So cute.
And then we got a picture with the gingerbread man.
Before we left, I wanted pics at the lagoon. No matter what, they always look so amazing.
And with that, the last race of the year is done!
Here’s to 2023!
Any more races before the year ends?
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